CBM Blog: The Umbrella and a Domination Duel

6/16/2011 – In rook endings you often have to hide from a rain of checks, and it is expedient to bring along an "umbrella". Same colored bishop endings have a relatively large drawish tendency, and one major winning strategy is to restrict the enemy bishop and exchange it. You can learn a lot by replaying the lessons provided by our resident GM and endgame specialist Karsten Müller.

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The umbrella

In rook endings it is often important to be able to hide from the checks:

Note that in the replay windows below you can click on the notation or use the cursor keys to follow the game.

Domination Duel

Same colored bishop endings have a relatively large drawish tendency in sharp contrast to pawn endings. So one major winning strategy is to restrict the enemy bishop and exchange it:



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